On the Shelf: Baking Books & the Like

In case you were wondering what I was using as my “guides” for my adventures in my kitchen, then you’ve clicked on the right page.

Just so you know, the books are ordered alphabetically. Please read my comments under each book if you want to know what each is good for.


The Bread Baker’s Apprentice

Peter Reinhart

Beautiful introduction to bread history, information on ingredients (flour, yeasts, grains) and the formula for perfect breads, and tips on how to correct make bread (rising, proofing, baking) as well as valuable fool-proof recipes for various kinds of breads from traditional to holiday themes. This book is really good for aspiring bakers to get a feel for a professional bread book. Highly recommended.


Peter Reinhart’s Artisan Breads Every Day

Peter Reinhart

Another great book by Reinhart. This bread book is very helpful to the homebaker who is restricted by smaller oven, busy schedules, and ingredients available. Again, there is a great intro on bread tips and substituting ingredients.

Peter Reinhart’s Whole Grain Breads: New Techniques, Extraordinary Flavor

Peter Reinhart

[Yet another one by Reinhart… I’m supposing you’ll realize how great of a baker this man is … Anyhow,] This book has well-tested recipes that are basically fool proof and versatile.


Martha Holmburg

Like baking with puff pastry? Holmburg gives a good recipe for homemade puff pastry, which is the basis for all the rest of her creative recipes. If you’re feeling a tad lazy, you can always opt for the frozen puff pastry and then try following any of her savory or sweet recipes.


Elisabeth Prueitt, Chad Robertson

All original recipes written by Prueitt and Roberton, the original owners of San Francisco Tartine Bakery located at 600 Guerrero Street. This is perfect for the times when you simply can’t make it to the bakery or if you’re too far to try their delicious breakfast treats.


Tartine Baking Book

The William-Sonoma Collection: Muffins

Beth Hensperger

Wonderful collection of savory and sweet muffins. Very creative combinations like Jack Cheese and Jalapeno Peppers, and traditional recipes like Cinnamon Blackberry.

101 Things to Do with a Cake Mix

Stephanie Dircks Ashcraft

Honestly, I have yet to try this book, but from the looks of it, it basically uses all your typical cake mixes from the grocery store and jazzes it up with different additions to make the simple cakes into fancy yummy cakes.

The Golden Book of Baking

Rachel Lane, Ting Morris, Carla Bardi

Originally published at “The Golden Book of Patisserie” in Italy 2008, this new edition for the US and Canada is a wonderful collection of cookies, bars, brownies, cakes (butter, layer, yeast, and mini), pies and tarts, pastries, and savory treats. Definitely, a “golden book” of unique recipes like cute white meringue mice, rhubarb cream delight, coffee eclairs. Yet this book also contains more traditional recipes like a banana crunch cake, apple pie, and blackberry custard pie. My favorite recipe as of March 2011 is the Chocoholic Supreme, which you can read about here.

The Golden Book of Baking

One Response to “On the Shelf: Baking Books & the Like”

  1. Elisabeth Prueitt August 17, 2010 at 2:20 pm #

    Dear Danielle,
    Your mother wrote a note to me early in the year requesting a signed book and the possibility to meet. Unfortunately, I received the note late, and then I let it sit in my pile – then travel, etc.
    I’m writing to apologize for not seeing this in time and not getting right back to your mothers sweet request!
    You have a lovely blog here, and I’ll make sure to check back on it. Your tarts are lovely!

    We have a bread book coming out sometime in September. You can view it right now on Amazon. It’s a bread book written by my husband.

    All the best in your culinary endeavors, and enjoy cooking and eating!
    very best,
    Liz Prueitt
    Tartine Bakery | Bar Tartine

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